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Top Tips for Safe Cycling

Many of us are being encouraged to cycle to work to not only help with the current pandemic that we face but also as an environmentally friendly decision to make.

Cycling is great exercise, but it can also be a very valid way of getting to and from work. Keeping fit, getting to where you need to be and doing you but for the environment, what’s not to like?

But with more people out on the roads on their bikes, it is important that as a cyclist, experienced or not, that you take good care of yourself and others while out on the road. With that in mind, here are some of the things to consider. 

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Make sure you can see! 

We can all think we have good eyesight, but unless we have had our eyes tested recently how do we really know?

When you are out on the road it is important that you can look at all angles and see a distance as well to protect yourself. If you have had your eyes tested and need glasses then websites like have a great selection that you could consider.

It might also be worth ensuring that the glasses are secure on your face, and perhaps have lenses that can go darker to protect yourself against direct sunlight. Doing this can help you to be able to be more alert of what is going on around you and ahead of you. 

Visible clothing

It is important for you to ensure that you do what you can to make sure that you are seen on the road, especially during dark mornings or at night. The brightly coloured clothing, ideally fluorescent colours, can help motorists to see you and allow for you on the road. You should also think about protective gear. This can include a decent element and also padding on your knees and arms just in case there is an issue. Last of all, you may also want to protect your bottom on the bike seat as this can become uncomfortable if riding the bike a lot. 

Know the road 

Another consideration to consider would be to ensure that you have decent knowledge of the road, the regulations and any laws in place.

It doesn’t matter if you’re on a road bike, mountain bike or even an folding electric bike, there are certain things that you need to do such as actions to enable motorists to know if you are turning etc.

There are also regulations in place for riding on the road or on pathways. Ideally sticking to cyclist lanes if you are riding in an area that has them. 

Be confident 

Last of all, it is important to ensure that you feel confident on your bike and out on the road. If you haven’t done much road riding before, then a little practice at quieter times could help you to be familiar with your route and feel confident on the road.

During commute times, the road can be busy and also filled with people who are concentrating on what they are doing. Having confidence can help you to feel happy with this.

Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to taking care on the road while cycling your commute. 

Pete Reynolds


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Pete Reynolds

Pete is the co-founder and editor of Discerning Cyclist. He commutes by bike daily from his home to his co-working space. Originally from Wirral, UK, Pete now lives in Spain. When visiting a new city, Pete loves nothing more than to explore it on two wheels. See Pete's Muck Rack profile

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